Real Wedding| Melissa & Luke| Festival Tipi Wedding in Delamere Forest

This features bride & groom’s festival themed wedding took place on a very rainy day in August in the heart of Cheshire’s Delamere Forest.

Melissa & Luke met in work and were friends for a few years before they finally got together. Luke proposed to Melissa in Liverpool’s Sefton Park in a proposal after four years together. Here, they tell us all about their day:

The Venue

Melissa & Luke knew that they wanted a relaxed but fun vibe on their day and loved the idea of being outdoors. Luke found out about My Festival Weddings after contacting Delamere Forests Forestry Commission. After meeting with them and seeing the field that is used for their events, they knew it would be the perfect place for their wedding. Melissa says “Everything was in our hands and we were in control of all aspects but the team provided all the support and assistance we needed to make it happen. All aspects were decided and chosen by us but the team were amazing. It truly was our own day”.

They were able to decorate the venue exactly how they wanted, with the help of friends and family who helped set the venue up the day before the wedding. From a table plan made from a vintage ladder sourced from Gumtree to a DIY glitter station, every detail was thought up by the couple.

The Ceremony

After a record breaking Summer in the UK, the ceremony was supposed to be outdoors but, unfortunately, the British weather had other ideas and a marquee had to be brought in last minute to keep guests dry! Melissa & Luke decided on a pagan hand fasting ceremony carried out by Bob who had coordinated the day from the minute it was booked. “We just loved the meaning behind the pagan hand fasting and we were able to make it really personal. It was really nice to have Bob involved as he’d been there with us through every step of planning.”


The Florist

After seeing the flowers at a friends wedding, Melissa knew that she just had to have Kate from Agnes & Bee. Kate doesn’t do traditional and her oversized, wild bouquets were exactly what Melissa wanted. “I was blown away by the flowers when she came in the morning. I was pretty relaxed about what I wanted and had asked her to just choose what she thought would be good. She did a perfect job at tying the flowers in with my head piece. I loved that each of the bridesmaids bouquets and each button hole were different. When I was in the car I realised that she had used mint in my bouquet and it smelled amazing!”

The Dress

Melissa chose her dress on the first day that she went to try dresses on. It was the last shop of the day but she had booked an appointment at Agape in Altrincham as they were a stockist of Catherine Deane. Melissa knew her dress was the one the second she put it on.

Melissa dressed her bridesmaids in ASOS and ordering these dresses were the first thing she did in the wedding planning process.  “I had them before we had a venue and date booked. I was so quick I even asked one of the girls to be a bridesmaid by giving her the dress!”

Melissa’s beautiful floral headpiece was a custom made piece by Oh Dina! “Nicole was amazing in the whole process of coming up with my flower crown. We had a consultation via Skype and then she kept me up to date with each step of the process. I absolutely adored my crown and it was perfect.”

The Photographer

The couple’s photographer was the brilliant Andrea Ellison. After seeing her website, they knew she was the one for them and that was only reinforced after meeting up with her. Luke says”We just loved the way her photos were edited and we knew we didn’t want a formal, traditional photographer. We wanted to have fun and enjoy the day and have pictures of everything unfolding rather than spending ages away from our guests and missing it all.  She was perfect and every photo in the album is amazing. You would never know from looking at it that we only had about 5 minutes to get any outside photos as the rain was that bad”.

The Entertainment

Music was very, very important to the couple and they knew they wanted a band to fit in with their festival vibe. On recommendation, they booked the Hope Street Busking Band and they were not disappointed. The band, in fact, were so good, that the dance floor was broken!

Advice from the couple 

Melissa says “Try not to worry about anything in the run up because on the day you realise it doesn’t actually matter. I wouldn’t change a thing because I had the best day and don’t think I could have a better time if we did do it again. We made a conscious effort to make sure we checked in with each other if we hadn’t seen each other for a while as it’s easy to get carried away speaking to guests and not spending much time together. I was also told just before the day to wear a watch and check the time every so often so that there was no surprises of time passing quickly”

And Luke’s advice “Take a moment every so often to take a breath and appreciate what’s happening. Remember its your day and your guests want to see you have fun, so have the best day ever!”


Photographer| Andrea Ellison

Venue| My Festival Wedding

Bridal Makeup| Blush Beauty 

Bridal Hair, Bridesmaid hair, Bridesmaid Makeup| B the Bride

Bridesmaid Makeup| Charlotte Hankin

Bridesmaid hair| Jessica Prentice

Dress| Catherine Deane from Agape Bridal Boutique

Bridesmaids dresses| ASOS

Bridal Shoes| Rachel Simpson

Grooms and Groomsmen Suits| Next

Page Boy Suits|Roco Clothing 

Florist| Agnes & Bee

Food| Pizza Peddlers

Ice cream van| Polly’s Parlour

Band| Hope Street Busking Band

Prosecco Van| The Bubble Bros

DANCE Letters & Magic Selfie Mirror| The Added Extra

Cars| Boho Brides Southport

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